How to Actually Wear a Sheer Dress: A Shopping Guide

If you've ever experienced the frustration of ordering a dress online only to discover upon its arrival that it's completely see-through, or, if like us, you want to take on the sheer dress trend and knowingly invest in a beautiful frock with opaque detailing, but you're not quite prepared to bare all underneath, this is how to get it right. Below, we assembled three stylish outfit formulas that are sure to fulfil your sheer dress needs.

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Sheer Dress + High-Rise Jeans + Heels
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Style Notes: We can always rely on Leandra Medine to decode a tricky trend and make it look incredibly wearable. Her solution to wearing the see through slip dress during the day? Simply layer over a pair of straight leg cropped jeans and team with mid-height heels. Easy, right?

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Sheer Dress + Printed Jacket + Trainers
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Style Notes: This look tells us the sheer dress needn't be overly revealing. Look for styles that come with a silky slip or some form of lining, and take your styling cue from Veronika Heilbrunner and dress it down with the addition of a longline jacket and trainers

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Formal Embroidered Dress + Smart Accessories
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Style Notes: Think the trend doesn't apply to occasionwear? Think again. Stick to subtle sheer detailing and embroidery to ensure you get the look right.

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Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)